Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 31, 2013

Out & About

The Andover Townsman

---- — Lending support through laughter

A comedy night to benefit the educational fund for the children of an Andover teacher who battled scleroderma and became a source for laughter, knowledge and guidance for the local support group she attended will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at the Claddagh, 339 Canal St., Lawrence.

Karin Sears, a North Andover native who later lived in Methuen, taught at West Elementary School. She was known for making her scleroderma support group laugh through illness.

Now in return, her friends from the support group want to support Sears’ daughters and they felt there was no better way to do that than with a comedy night in her honor doing what she did best — making everyone laugh.

The show will feature comedians Jim Lauletta, Dave Rattigan, Katie Grady and Steve Bjork. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8. There will also be raffles, a cash bar and food available. For tickets, contact Carla King at 978-884-4866 or For more, visit “A Night For Karin” on Facebook.

Musical benefit for Andona Society

Musician and comedian Jim Plunkett, a staple of Boston nightlife for decades, headlines the Andona Society’s fall fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at Hillview Country Club in North Reading.

Plunkett has been performing in the New England area for decades and is known for getting audiences singing some of their favorite hits.

The event will include a silent auction for such items as signed sports memorabilia, weekend stays, gift cards, gift baskets and more, plus a raffle. This year’s event will also include table sponsors and a coupon book for discounts to businesses in the Andovers and North Reading.

For more than 50 years, the volunteer, nonprofit Andona Society has been raising thousands of dollars with the support of local businesses and residents to enhance educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs offered to young people in Andover.

Tickets for the concert $25; light fare will be served and a cash bar will be available. The event is sponsored by Lannan Mazda of Lowell. For tickets or more information, visit or email or Megan Fairfield at

An interactive `CLUE’ with ACTING OUT

Several local performers will join ACTING OUT, a local theater group, for its production of “CLUE TOO” and “CLUE: The Musical” this weekend at THE SPACE at Bell Tower Square, 56 Island St., Lawrence.

During each performance, the audience will play the popular Parker Brothers game “CLUE” with real actors as the six suspects, in an effort to solve the mystery of who murdered the show’s host, Mr. Boddy. Each night, the ending changes, depending on which suspect is selected by the audience to be the murderer.

“This is a really fun, interactive show that all ages can enjoy,” Linda Schoonmaker, president/director, said in a release,

Participation is one of the things ACTING OUT is all about. The company encourages participation from folks who have never been in theater productions to experience the “high” from being on stage. This is the group’s 13th year and it has produced/directed countless productions in Lawrence.

Andover residents in the production include Conor Moses, Shannon Booth, Isaac Brickman, Sarah Toubes-Marquis in the junior cast and Jeremy Moses in the adult cast.

Performances are Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 978-807-1191 or visit

‘I Married An Alien’ at Rogers Center

Comedian Susan Poulin will give her take on love, marriage and what to do when the double-wide’s feelin’ just a little small for two when she presents her Ida LeClair character in “I Married An Alien” Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover.

The show is written and performed by Poulin, directed by David Kate, with story editing and set design by Gordon Carlisle.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For reservations and Information, call 978-837-5355 or visit

A visiting treat for classical concert

A free classical concert scheduled this Sunday in Lawrence will feature two well-known classical musicians and a traveling composer.

Making the concert unique will be that Jim Centorino, whose compositions will be performed, will travel from California to hear just 13 minutes of his music, according to Terri Kelley, a co-orchestrator of the event. Centorino’s music will be performed by pianist Lisa Caliri and cellist Joel Moerschel.

“Each concert in the series has a unique feature, and for this concert it is introducing a touch of New Age-classical music by Jim Centorino along with the great masters,” Kelley said. “Much of contemporary music is strident and/or dissonant, but Jim’s music is a return to a more classical style — simply beautiful, balanced, peaceful music of the classical period, 1750 to 1820.”

The concert is at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St. It is part of an ongoing series orchestrated by Terri and George Kelley of Andover. The performance is funded by the Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust Fund in Andover and will last about an hour. A reception will follow.

`Balsam and Bling’ with Andover Garden Club

Lecturer, floral designer and raconteur Bill Graham will present “Balsam and Bling,” a unique program presented by the Andover Garden Club, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover.

The program promises to delight, dazzle and inspire club members and their guests for the upcoming holidays. It will showcase holiday floral designs that complement interesting fashion accessories and are flavored with visions of Coco Chanel.

Graham is the proprietor of About Beautiful Things, Ltd., a Salem-based shop that specializes in flowers, gifts and original merchandise that includes hats, fascinators, seasonal items and large decorative dolls known as “The Girls” —each uniquely dressed and handcrafted at the shop. In addition to his work at the shop, Graham is an active and popular guest speaker at garden clubs and other venues throughout New England.

Admission is free to Andover Garden Club members. A $10 donation is requested of guests and includes refreshments.

For information about joining the Andover Garden Club, contact chairwomen Linda Carpenter at 978-475-7430 or or Ronnie Haarmann 978-475-4414 or


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